Used bags hold secrets of Japan’s economy

Luxury thrift store’s fortunes point to consumer behaviour shifts

Japanese unemployment rate falls to 3.3%

Workers fail to extract pay rises needed to boost consumption

Mixed view of Japan’s 10-day rally

Capitalising on better governance is not as simple as buying an ETF

A development bank made in China

It is possible that the AIIB will even exceed the standards of existing development lenders

Japan’s Line concedes lack of global reach

WhatsApp rival says it must globalise ahead of likely IPO

BoJ accounts reveal anxiety over QE exit

Japan’s central bank piles up capital to guard against future losses


Japanese youth turns its back on fish

Fisheries ministry gets creative in attempt to boost demand

Japan experts defend ‘go for growth’ plan

Hopes rise escaping deflation will deliver a jolt to growth

IMF urges Japan to expand monetary easing

Fund’s intervention comes as BoJ keeps policy on hold

Japan struggles for growth momentum

GDP recovery continues but pace will disappoint Abe and BoJ

The wary retreat of the bond bulls

Collapses in yields on safe securities should be at an end

Japan sees recovery in graduate jobs

Rebound suggests Abenomics is giving companies confidence to hire

Key questions in big week for Japan data

First-quarter growth figures to be followed by BoJ policy meeting

Osaka rejects plan to become metropolis

City has declined as Tokyo has grown in dominance

Osaka set to vote on metropolis status

City seeks to compete with Tokyo

Weaker yen rekindles equity fund inflows

BoJ points to positive impact of currency fall on companies

Sharp: die another day

Japanese technology group redefines the worst once again

Senate compromise gives ‘fair’ trade deal

Timetable for ‘fast-track’ TPP authority slips but glimmer of hope remains

Japan army shift poses risks to Abenomics

Unpopular move from pacifism could squander political capital

Abenomics only a risk if allowed to fail

Japan’s prime minister and central bank governor must pull together